1972 January 17

Surgeon General Report Cites Danger of TV Violence


A 300-page report by the U.S. Surgeon General, issued on this day, reached the “tentative and limited” conclusion about “a causal relation between viewing violence on television and aggressive behavior.” Sen. John O. Pastore (D–Rhode Island) announced that he planned to hold hearings on the report. The report raised two civil liberties issues. One was the potential for government censorship of television programming. The second was the fact that seven experts being considered for the Surgeon General’s advisory committee were rejected at the request of the television industry, raising questions about the independence and scientific integrity of the report.

Learn more; the American Psychological Association on violence in the media: http://www.apa.org/research/action/protect.aspx

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